The narrator is most certainly Paul Frees, not Don Wilson.
April 15, 2012 Subject:
Corrections to prior reviews.
A. The blonde is definitely Marilyn Monroe.
B. The narrator IS Don Wilson, NOT Paul Frees.
A nice episode!
October 16, 2010 Subject:
Yes, that is definitely Marilyn Monroe. Great fun show too - so many of these Jack Benny shows are still so fresh and funny after all these years. I remember Jack Benny being one of my very favorite shows as a small child in the late 50s - early 60s, and I can still see why!
October 14, 2010 Subject:
Great on TV but better on radio
And it was Marilyn Monroe, according to JB's autobiography it was her 1st and only TV show and she asked to have a nice car bought for her instead of money because no one had ever bought her a car.
August 27, 2010 Subject:
That is not Marilyn Monroe. Thanks for noticing the blond, though. There were a lot of them in those days.
November 16, 2008 Subject:
Marilyn Monroe appears as herself.
August 12, 2008 Subject:
The surprise for me in watching this programme was the voice of Paul Frees as the narrator. Were this his radio show, he would have used Don Wilson or a supporting cast member.
This television show is set up very differently than his radio show of the same era. Benny opened with a monologue, which he mainly did in his earliest radio days. By 1953, his radio opens consisted of the cast gathered around or Jack already into the premise of his show with a cast member trading dialogue.
Here, Benny opens his monologue with a reference of the ubiquitousness of Arthur Godfrey on his network, CBS.
Frank Nelson makes an appearance early on, but isn't hostile toward Jack as he would be on the radio programme.
The chap Jack is sitting next to while reading is Joe Kearns from his radio supporting cast, and recognisable from Dennis the Menace. We also get an appearance by Artie Auerbach as Mr. Kitzel, but no one else, save Eddie Anderson in the opening part of the sketch, from the radio show makes an appearance.
The ending is very sudden and awkward, and certainly doesn't sound like Jack intended it to end that way.
March 5, 2008 Subject:
Who cares that this is a syndication print with different theme music, This episode features...Marilyn Monroe! Yep, She guest stars on this episode, and even sings a song! No wonder this show was a hit! With such talented guest stars as this, it's not surprising this show is among the longest running sitcoms of all time.